On a 4 point scale, you have achieved 4’s (1 being poor, 4 being amazing!) across the board in terms of the level of skill you have as a presenter, organization, the level of student engagement, the curriculum links, & cultural content & relevance. Students were going to class the day after & still talking about it & were interested in the material. Everyone has nothing but compliments to offer, so kudos to you! I even had a teacher who happened to be in the library (and overheard the presentation) stop in to let me know that he enjoyed what he heard/saw! 🙂
Jacqueline Guest has a highly motivated and student active performance. Our students enjoyed the story telling and the cool exhibits. She was very easy to work with and went out of her way to accommodate our needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to have her back at our school.
Jacqueline created a wonderful experience for our visiting elementary classes, who were taking part in the Library’s celebration of Alberta’s centennial. She had the entire group of 125 children (and their parents and teachers!) entranced as she talked about her Metis heritage and the culture of the fur trade. Her hilarious re-enactment of a fur trader’s portage (complete with volunteers in furry hats and Metis sashes) kept the audience engaged and asking questions. Displays of animal bones, teeth and fur as well as native toys and implements added an extra element of interest. Everyone enjoyed the presentation, and we would be glad to host Jacqueline again in the future!
Our grade six team unanimously agreed that you were the best speaker/presenter that we had ever had! They were especially positive about the organization of your presentation, the overview of your novels, and the enthusiasm you demonstrated for Canadian History. The artifacts were most effective in engaging our students. Many of our children are visual learners and your connections to the artifacts were fascinating to them. Involving the students by dressing one of them in the costume of the day is always something that children remember fondly. You have a warm, yet compelling style that is very welcome and worked well for the size of groups. In short, your visit was a real hit!
I love your books! I’m on the 4th chapter of Hat Trick. You are a great author! Your presentation was absolutely awesome. I bought your whole collection of books. I hope I will see you again! I got so inspired by you that I started to write my own book.”
I absolutely loved your presentation! I want to have read all of your books by the time I’m 15. I want to be an author and illustrator when I grow up. You are the author that inspired me the most!
Thank you for coming to our school. Your presentation was fantastic! You taught us a lot about the Metis people and how to be a good writer.
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